How much border should you leave on cross stitch?

All kits that I have ever purchased over many years only include a 2 inch border of fabric. As we all know, the rule of thumb for framing and finishing is 3+ inches at least.

How much space should I leave around a cross stitch?

The general rule of thumb is that you want between 2″ and 3″ all around your design.

Should you outline cross stitch?

The back stitch is used to outline the design once you are done with all the cross stitches. Outlining will define your design and make it more “finished” looking. You generally use one strand of floss for this.

How much fabric do I need for framing cross stitch?

Preparing the needlework for framing

If there is not enough fabric to provide adequate tension, you may be able to carefully machine or hand sew extra fabric around the edges. I normally leave 3 or 4 inches around all sides of a piece I am going to frame.

How do I prepare cross stitch for framing?

Place a dry towel on your ironing board or other heat-proof surface. Unroll the stitched piece and place it face-down on the towel, gently easing it into shape if needed. The towel underneath the cross stitch will help keep the stitches from getting crushed when you iron. With a warm iron, press the work from the back.

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How should the back of my cross stitch look?

Tips about the back of cross stitch projects

  • If you’re entering it into a fair or competition to be judged, they’ll want the back very neat and tidy.
  • If you’re using very fine and delicate fabric with dark floss colours, you’ll want to not carry your floss too far across open areas or it will be seen from the front.

How many threads should I cross stitch with?

Cross stitch is generally worked using two strands of stranded cotton when working on 14-count and 16-count Aida. It is perfectly acceptable to mix the number of threads used within the same project. You might want to alter the texture of the finished piece by working in one, two and even three strands.

How big should my AIDA be?

Calculate the Fabric Size Required

Stitched Image Size Suggested Fabric Size
Fabric Count Width Width
11 Count Aida 38 ¼” 44 ¼”
14 Count Aida 30″ 36″
16 Count Aida 26 ¼” 32 ¼”

Do you pre wash Aida cloth?

As tempting as it may be, I don’t usually recommend washing aida before stitching on it. Aida cloth often comes with a stiffener agent that helps hold the threads in their place, holding open those nice clear holes for you to stitch through.